Effective January 1, 2012, the Division of Long Term Care Residents Protection will begin tracking continuing education units through a new electronic system, the Delaware CNA Continuing Education Website (CE site). Continuing education is required by both state and federal law to ensure that skills are kept current in order to provide quality care to the residents of facilities and to patients in the community.
The CE site and tracking system has been designed to benefit CNAs and their employers, DLTCRP staff and training providers as a central location for the reporting and tracking of continuing education credits.
To meet new legislation requirements, DHSS will monitor the continuing education of all CNAs certified in the State of Delaware. During the 24 month recertification period, each CNA is required to complete 24 hours of approved continuing education including:
- A minimum 6 hours of dementia training
- A minimum 2 hours of patient abuse prevention training
- The balance of required hours can be in other general health care topics, which include but are not limited to:
- Ensuring the continued competence of CNAs
- Meeting the special needs of the resident or patient population
- Provided training in areas of weakness identified in CNAs' performance reviews
Transition and Renewals
All CNA continuing education courses are to be recorded on the CNA Continuing Education website (CE site) beginning January 1, 2012. In support of this goal:
- Facilities and other educational providers (Providers) must seek advanced approval of any training program for CNA educational hours. Courses must be approved by DLTCRP staff prior to the course being offered to CNAs for credit.
- Facilities and/or Providers are required to upload training program information into the CE Site for approval starting November 2011.
- All facilities and agencies providing continuing education to CNAs are required to enter attendance information into the CE site starting January 1, 2012.
- All Providers offering continuing education to CNAs prior to 2012 will have the option of entering attendance data in the CE site to gain experience with the system. This attendance data will be for historical and practice purposes only.
- CNAs renewing their certifications between January 2012 and December 2013 will have less than 24 months to post to the system. They will have to be prepared to verify that the full 24 hours of continuing education have been completed if audited by the Division.
- CNAs renewing their certifications between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013 will have less than 24 months to accrue continuing education hours on the CE Site.
- The 64 hour work requirement for renewal remains unchanged.
All CNAs licensed after January 1, 2012, or renewing their certification after December 31, 2013, are required to have all 24 hours of continuing education accrued and logged into the system.